KFF Health Tracking Poll – September 2019: Health Care Policy In Congress And On The Campaign Trail | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare for All is not what Americans want. Read the latest survey on health care changes in America.

Guess what? Americans don’t know what they want, why they want it and few even understand what they have and how that works.

That’s not really true. It’s clear Americans want unlimited, unrestricted access to the best health care possible and they want to pay very little, if anything, for it. That’s how I feel about golf and that doesn’t work either.

Source: KFF Health Tracking Poll – September 2019: Health Care Policy In Congress And On The Campaign Trail | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation



  1. As I always say, and you can continue to quote me, “Americans want the best health care TOUR money will buy”. You can find this quote in posts going back to pre-Health Reform as an outcome of a focus group conducted as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 – Health Care That Works For All Americans.

    Also reminds me of a famous Steve Martin skit – You can be a millionaire … first, start with a million dollars, now …”


  2. As is the case with nearly all “polls” of this type, this one is vastly more informative for the questions they DON’T ask, than it is for the “results” they present to the questions they DO ask.

    Note the “conventional wisdom”, “inside the box ONLY” thinking that forms the premise of this poll – “How would you want Congress to force somebody else to pay for your health care?”

    As long as “polls”, discussions, debates (especially political) and even arguments are framed solely and exclusively within the third-party payer framework, nothing is going to get better or cheaper. It’s just as simple as that. This is a problem far too large and complex for even the U.S. Government, with all its coercive powers, to solve. Solving this is going to take Market Forces.

    And if Government can and wants to do anything about this, EMPOWER those Market Forces by “forcing” price transparency FIRST! And then just get the heck out of the way of the market. We’ll take care of the rest.

    Borrowing a relevant quote from BrokenHealthCare.org:

    “Price transparency won’t fix everything that is wrong with the American healthcare system, but nothing can be fixed without it.”


  3. And I want to win a million dollars a year for life. That is such a nice poll. Yes I would like every one of those things to happen without any cost to me. I also want a new pickup truck for under $10k but I can’t turn the clock back to the 1980s either. Now if the poll would ask to rank these things so that only one thing was a priority, then the pol might be useful tool. If the poll asked how much you were willing to pay for each thing, I am sure the priorities would change.

    On that list, the only thing I see that might have a “relative easy” solution is stopping surprise balance billing. Make a regulation that you cannot bill any higher than the Medicare reimbursement rates to out of network or uninsured people. I think that would encourage providers to have better paying contracts or agreements with out of network insurance providers than what Medicare pays. Most of the time, providers are willing to accept 20% to 80% less than what they bill in network so it goes to reason that they are only trying to make up for losses or profit by out of network balance billing or raping the uninsured over the costs. I guess if they don’t rape a patient once in a while, they can’t justify billing such high rates to inflate their billing requests so that they are willing to accept 80% less and stay in business.

    It is one thing to travel to the other side of the country and get hit with a surprise out of network bill but when you go to an in network hospital and some doctor working in the ICC is not a part of your network, bills you, that is just wrong. You have no say in the matter and you have to assume that the doctor is working for the hospital since the hospital owns the ICC bed. I am not sure what the unintended consequences would be, but I think it would cause some more price transparency and regional price standardization. I think it would have little effect on costs or availability of providers since most doctors are willing to accept Medicare rates now.


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